Call For Post-Doctoral Fellows In Climate Change Research

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The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) invites applications for Post-Doctoral Fellows to participate in a 5-year international interdisciplinary research programme on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation in the Semi-Arid Areas of South Asia. Appointments will be for a year, extendable to two years. 

These Fellowships are part of a multi-million dollar, 7-year IDRC/DFID funded frontier international research programme: CARIAA (Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia) that builds on the recent IPCC Assessment Report 5 and focuses on three climate hotspots across Asia and Africa: (a) semi-arid regions (SARs) (b) deltas and (c) glacier and snow-pack dependent river basins.

IIHS leads the South-Asia regional research programme as part of the ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) consortium, led by the University of Cape Town. It includes other international partners like the University of East Anglia, Oxfam and START. Within India, ATREE, IITM and WOTR are IIHS sub-grantees working across three Indian states and multiple transects:  the Bhavani basin region in Tamil Nadu, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra and Bangalore in Karnataka. The programme PI is one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 (2014).

ASSAR aims to deepen our understanding of climate vulnerability and adaptation in SARs and explore what is needed to transform current reactive adaptation practices to be more proactive, and enable widespread impact. Its main research themes are: i) socio-economic, political and governance dynamics; ii) climate and biophysical impacts; and iii) adaptation practices, options and strategies across the rural and urban areas.

It includes year-long Regional Diagnostic Studies (RDS); a two year Regional Research Programme (RRP) based on qualitative and quantitative field based research; development of climate scenarios; and formulation of adaptation strategies in conjunction with public agencies and local communities.

Terms of Reference
The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be responsible for research, policy analysis, publication and teaching around climate change vulnerability and scaling adaptation strategies in urban, peri-urban and rural contexts of India, around one of the following research themes:

  1. Climate Change and Agriculture
  2. Climate Change Adaptation

The Post-Doctoral fellow is expected to:

  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team that includes agricultural scientists, climate scientists , ecologists, economists, hydrologists, technologists, social scientists and urbanists across multiple field sites
  • Help investigate and test new approaches, tools and methods to assist in reducing climate vulnerability and enable climate adaptation at scale
  • Co-author journal articles, policy briefs and disseminate research findings via multiple channels

Necessary Qualifications

  • A PhD in Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Agriculture Science, Climate and Sustainability Science, Hydrology, Energy Studies, Environmental/Resource Economics, Technology, Political Science, or relevant related areas, from an internationally acknowledged University/Research centre
  • A minimum of one year of post-qualification research, typically at the interface of climate change and a ASSAR relevant research theme (listed above)
  • Quality internationally peer-reviewed academic publications
  • A strong grasp over recent climate change related academic literature, policies and adaptation practices, especially in South Asia

Desirable Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and manage a team of researchers
  • Experience in international multi-party collaborative projects
  • Fluency in at least one of the following languages: Hindi, Marathi, Kannada or Tamil

The position will be based out of the IIHS, Bangalore office and report to the Project Lead for CARIAA|ASSAR. Successful candidates shall be expected to join no later than 1 October 2014.

IIHS encourages women, people with disabilities and those from economically and socially excluded communities with the requisite skills and qualifications to apply for positions.

Applications must include

  1. A cover letter that explains precisely how the applicant’s qualifications and research converges with this call and what s/he plans to do during the Fellowship
  2. CV not exceeding three pages (standard format attached)
  3. Writing sample (a peer-reviewed article or the introduction and chapter of PhD dissertation)
  4. Names and full contact addresses (including e-mail and telephone numbers) of three referees

Applications must be submitted by email to
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